Charges Filed Against Los Angeles Harbor Grain Terminal and Others For Overweight Commercial Vehicles

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On Tuesday, October 23, 2012, the Long Beach Police Department’s Commercial Enforcement Unit presented a case to the Long Beach City Prosecutor’s Office who filed charges in Los Angeles Superior Court against Los Angeles Harbor Grain Terminal, as well as three other trucking contractors. The 15 count complaint alleges that employees, officers and contractors of Los Angeles Harbor Grain Terminal engaged in overloading their trucks and driving them upon the highway. Some of these trucks were overloaded by more than 14,000 pounds.

Overweight trucks cause substantial damage to our roadways, increase the chance of overturning, and significantly increase the stopping distance. The Long Beach Police Department has taken an aggressive position on overweight vehicles, as they are inherently dangerous to the drivers of these loads, as well as the general public. Furthermore, overloading their trucks allows them to unfairly compete for contracts with other companies who operate safely and lawfully within the City of Long Beach.

Of the 16 defendants, four are companies associated with Los Angeles Harbor Grain Terminal and the remaining are their drivers. Los Angeles Harbor Grain Terminal, Pacheco Trucking, Perez Express Trucking, and Franco Trucking were all named in the complaint.

Los Angeles Harbor Grain Terminal recently settled an enforcement action brought by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In the settlement, Los Angeles Harbor Grain Terminal admitted that they deceptively weighed 758 containers of grain and thereby knowingly caused the issuance of false official weight certificates.

The Long Beach Police Department will continue to make sure commercial vehicles are following all of the rules of the road for the safety of everyone. Anyone with further information regarding this or any other commercial enforcement complaint should contact Detective Jeff Jonkey of the Commercial Enforcement Unit at 562-570-5130.

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